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FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary Jersey Central Power & Light plans to build a $10 million substation expansion in Hunterdon County, N.J., to help enhance customer service reliability and meet the growing demand for electricity in the area.

The construction project, FirstEnergy says, involves adding new 230 kV circuit breakers, transformers and other equipment to the existing Rocktown substation in West Amwell Township. The company notes that a new half-mile transmission line loop also will be built as part of the project to connect the expanded section of the substation with a nearby 230 kV transmission line.

According to FirstEnergy, a key function of the substation is to use the circuit breakers and transformers to reduce the transmission line voltage to a level that can be used by local customers.

The West Amwell planning board recently granted preliminary approval for the Rocktown substation expansion project, which is expected to be in service by the end of this year.

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